Sonal Shah is part of the Obama transition team. She has even been tipped by some for a cabinet position. However ennis at Sepia Mutiny has been doing an excellent job in reporting her links to the radical VHP.
To be honest, I’m in two minds about this. On the one hand she’s got a stellar resume and seems like the type of person who would be a natural fit in the Obama administration. Also after what Obama went through, it seems a bit hypocritical to be targeting someone based on her associations.
On the other hand she was a member of the governing council of the VHP America for three years. It doesn’t seem plausible that someone who is as upto date with current affairs doesn’t know about the VHP’s radical nature, which has manifested itself in anti-Christian pogroms as well as the Gujarat riots.
As Ruchira in the 3 quarks comments thread said, Rahm Emmanuel apologised for his father’s anti-arab remarks and ‘ perhaps Ms Shah too can do the same rather than just issue carefully worded statements about her “innocent” associations with the VHP.’
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